Ibrahim Magu, a former interim Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, may have been promoted to Assistant Inspector-General of Police by the Police Service Commission.
Magu, a Commissioner of Police, had submitted his pre-retirement notice and will leave the service on May 5.
However, sources reported on Monday that the Police Service Commission Standing Committee has recommended him for promotion to AIG, putting the commission at odds with the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN).
Magu, the most senior Commissioner of Police, was promoted on the advice of the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba.
Magu’s ordeal began in July 2020 when he was suspended from office as acting EFCC chairman by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), over Malami’s allegations against him and he consequently appeared before a presidential panel headed by retired Justice Ayo Salami set up to probe him for alleged graft and insubordination.
The PSC had last July declined to promote Magu during the promotion of 24 CPs and other officers.
“The commission declined the promotion of Magu pending clearance from the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the Office of the Inspector- General of Police,” the commission spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, had said in a statement.
The commissioner representing the media in the PSC, Mr Austin Braimoh, had also said the ex-EFCC boss may not get his retirement benefits until he is cleared of the allegations levelled against him by the AGF.
But speaking on condition of anonymity, a senior official said there was no pending disciplinary case against Magu before the commission.